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Old 05-19-2002, 04:47 PM   #1
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Unhappy Shake Shake Shake

I just got my 2002 WRX.

I have just under 500 miles and can`t wait till I get to 1000. But what I wanted to know is that is it normal for a new WRX to shake so much? I know it has a boxer engin and that its a turbo powered monster but at a light when its in neutral or in my driveway it seems to shake like it wants to stall. The last car I had before was a 1996 nissan 200sx se and maybe thats the reason for all my worrys because that car never shook. But I can say for a fact that this is a fun car to drive even driving under 4000rpms I can still feel the power.This is one monster I can`t wait to unleash once the 1000 miles rolls around.

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Old 05-19-2002, 04:50 PM   #2
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I don't know anything about WRX's but some people have done the grounding mod I think for the same reason. Check out the Factory Forced Induction forum for more answers about the mod.

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Old 05-19-2002, 05:03 PM   #3
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They shake.

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Old 05-19-2002, 05:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info.

This helps to calm my worries . Thought I bought a $24,000 doller shaker and it would die at 36K when the warrenty ran out .

Thanks CFX
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Old 05-19-2002, 06:46 PM   #5
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What's shaking? The steering wheel? Your manual shifter? Or the whole darn car? I know mine at idle, has a slight movement to it(the whole car) but it doesn't "Shake". Highlight on what is actually "Shaking"
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Old 05-19-2002, 07:25 PM   #6
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The whole car shakes at idle and it seems like it shakes more in the mornings or when the engin is cold.

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Old 05-19-2002, 08:05 PM   #7
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Mine's only got a slight quiver sometimes, but I'm told it's the boxer. You feel it just enough to know that the car wants to be moving and you see the shifter shaking ever so slightly. What can I say, it's an active car and it wants to be active. Let 'em lose!

"They" say it's normal. They referring to the general consensus of the board.
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Old 05-19-2002, 08:08 PM   #8
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I'd say it must be the Boxer engine. It's smooth at full throttle, and shaky at idle. Let er' rip!
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Old 05-19-2002, 08:52 PM   #9
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I like the shaking. Feels powerful. More shake, I say!
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Old 05-19-2002, 11:01 PM   #10
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Its a boxer engine. The piston move horizontally so the car will shake at idle.

When my friends drive with me they think my sparkplugs are misfiring.
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Old 05-20-2002, 04:38 PM   #11
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Isn't the point of the boxer engine to reduce vibrations? A V6 will shake because the vertical motion isnt balances. However on the boxer 4 the vertical and horizontal forces cancel, so there shouldn't be much vibration.

-From he who jsut took the AP phsycis test
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Old 05-20-2002, 05:10 PM   #12
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To my understanding, horizontal motions are NOT cancelling, because as two cylinders push OUT, the other two are pulling IN. So what you have is definite shaking of the engine. And there are no vertical components, so that's good.
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Old 05-21-2002, 01:26 AM   #13
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IT is just the boxer engine, sti engine mounts actually reduce the eengine shaking
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Old 05-21-2002, 07:30 PM   #14
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getting a set of good sparkplugs will also smooth out the idle.
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Old 05-21-2002, 07:56 PM   #15
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my wrx is at 1200 miles and it doesn't shake at all. Perfectly smooth idle at 500 rpm.
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Old 05-21-2002, 10:16 PM   #16
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i know you are talking wrx here, but the idle in my 00RS is perfectly smooth. I sometimes cant tell if its on when i stop for a traffic light.
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Old 05-22-2002, 02:45 PM   #17
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Also keep in mind that a boxer engine is not cancelling all movement, it is more compact where the cylinders kittycorner to one another are performing the same movements, but that will not cancel all movement, as one of those cylinders is firing and one is in its exhaust stroke or something... four stroke engine stuff... someone help me out!
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